Summerathon TBR


THE DATES:
June 21 – June 27


THE HOSTS:
Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills

Jen @ Pinot and Pages

Heather @ Bookables

Aimee @ Aimee Reads


Reading Challenges

THE CHALLENGES:
1. A Beachy Read: this can be either a book set at the beach or just a book think would be perfect to read on the beach or poolside.

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

2. Sunrise colors on the cover: pink, orange, yellow, purple, blue…really, there are so many directions to go for this.

Josh and Hazels guide to not Dating by Christina Lauren

3. Book with a roadtrip, traveling, or vacation

Next Year in Havana by Chanel

4. Book set in the summer

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

5. Food on the cover (Or drink! Make it your own!)

Natalie Tans book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

6. Drink your favorite summertime drink while reading!

I’m going to leave this challenge open in case I pick something up I really want to read and it doesn’t fit the other challenges.


I’m so excited for all of these books ! Are your participating in this readathon? What are some summer-ey type books your reading?


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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

ARC provided by the publisher though Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Like many of you I fell in love with the authors debut, The KISS Quotient last year and was really looking forward to her sophomore novel. I didn’t love this installment as much as I did The Kiss Quotient, but I still think that this book is a gem.I just need ya’ll to know the Helen Hoang is my new romance queen.

“Girl loves boy loves girl.”

Just like The Kiss Quotient, this is an ownvoices novel, Helen is Vietnamese and is Autistic. One of my favourite things about this book is seeing the difference between Stella from TKQ and Khai who is the main character of this book. I love how Helen brings enlightenment to the Autism spectrum and how each person has an individual experience and feelings. As I said in my review for TKQ my brother has Aspergers, and people seem to group everyone with autism in the same category. And this book does an amazing job at showing the differences each person experiences.

The Bride Test is written in dual perspective following Esme and Khai. The premise of this book is that Khai’s mother wants him to get married. Khai does not want to get married but his mom believes if she just finds him the perfect woman he will change his mind.

Khai – Vietnamese, Autistic, he is Michaels cousin from TKQ. He believes he can never fall in love, because he feels differently than other people he doesn’t recognize some emotions he experiences. He is a successful accountant at a large company. I really loved him as a character and thought his ba k story was really well written.

Esme – Biracial (Vietnamese and white), living in Vietnam with as a single mother with her daughter, mother and grandmother.She has never met her birth father. She works as a housekeeper in a hotel, where she meets a woman offering g her a chance to fly to California and marry her son, Khai. As the story goes on she developed real feelings for Khai. I really liked Esme as a character, she’s ambitious and hardworking, while being sweet and funny.

“My heart works in a different way, but it’s yours.”

I adore both Khai and Esme! Their chemistry was amazing and I loved how there relationship organic grew. They’re vastly different, but also worked so well together.I LOVED the relationship between Khai and his brother Quan. I really hope the next book will be his story!

My few complaints: As a parent I really didn’t like how Esme hid the fact that she had a daughter. Her child is a huge part of her life and ordinarily the main reason she agreed to come to California. She wants to give her a better life but yet she doesn’t tell anyone about her. I also wasn’t to thrilled about the Epilogue but I can’t talk about that because I don’t want to spoil anything.

Overall, The Bride Test wasn’t on the same level as The Kiss Quotient but it was still incredibly enjoyable.


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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Trigger warnings: talks of suicide, mental illness, depression, stalking, cheating, loss of a parent, abuse from a parent.

This book is Alex Michaelides debut novel and it is one twist after another. this novel had me captivated from start to finish. Daaaamn. I did not see that ending coming! I went in pretty much blind, I didn’t know anything about it other than the main character didn’t speak.The Silent Patient is not a long novel but don’t let that fool you into thinking there isn’t that much going on. I really recommend this book.

“There’s so much pain everywhere, and we just close our eyes to it.
The truth is we’re all scared. We’re terrified of each other.”

Alicia and her husband Gabriel look like they are the perfect couple. Alicia is an aspiring painter and Gabriel is a fashion photographer. There young, beautiful,there careers are kicking off and there crazy about each other. But this book isn’t a love story it’s a thriller, soon we find Alicia standing over her dead husbands body and covered in both of their blood. As everyone struggles to understand why she would do this, their met with a dead end. Alicia is refusing to utter a word, she sits by as she is sentenced guilty to killing the man she loved, she continues to sit silently. She is saved from the death penalty and instead put in a psychiatric hospital, where she still is not speaking.

Theo Farber is a criminal psychotherapist, who is interested in Alicia’s case and is determined to find out what happened that night her husband was murdered. He accepts a new job at The Grove the mental hospital where Alicia was assigned. He is determined to get her speaking again, through therapy and building a trusting rapport.The book is told almost entirely from Theo’s perspective with some flashbacks from Alicia’s journal.

“You become increasingly comfortable with madness – and not just the madness of others, but your own. We’re all crazy, I believe, just in different ways.”

I really enjoyed this book. It has definitely lived up to its reputation as a page turner. I listened to this on audiobook and it was fantastic, the voice actors were so good and pulled you right into the story.

Buddy read with Amy and Amber!


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My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I have been unimpressed with thrillers lately both oh boy did this one deliver. If you’re a fan of Dexter, than you are going to love this book. Power couple, serial killers, that’s all I needed to know to pick up this book.This is a brilliant debut novel by Samantha Downing. I simply couldn’t get enough of this book, and I loved every minute of it.

“Officially, the Oaks is one of the safest communities in the state. That’s because all the violence is behind closed doors.”

I’m not going to go to much into the plot because the the best way to read thrillers, but here is a brief description. This book is told from the perspective of the unnamed husband, and centers around seeing the whole story from the perspective of the killers. Millicent and her husband have two children Rory and Jenna and they live in the suburbs. They look like everyone else in the neighborhood, a normal family. Millicent works in real estate and the husband is a tennis instructor at the country club. But they are hiding some very dark secrets, instead of role playing to spice things up, they indulge in murder.

The husband gives the reader a play by play of how the event unfold, while giving us a look at his inner dialogue and twisted thoughts. This book is so twisted, I was unable to put it down. Just when you think you have everything figured out Downing throws us upside down. I loved the tone of the story, it includes so dark humor that I often found myself smiling at the most inappropriate times.

If your looking for a book you cant put down, I would pick up My Lovely Wife and be prepared for a wild ride! I can’t wait to see what Samantha Downing comes up with next, this was an incredible debut.


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Aurora Rising by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Many thanks to Random House Kids for sending me an eARC via NetGalley for my honest review!

I want to start this review by saying that I was very fortunate to have been given a EARC, I swear that my neighbors could hear me cheering. With that said, this book disappointed me so much! I really wanted to love it and I really didn’t like it until the last 30% of the book. I found it to be extremely boring. I loved Jay and Amie’s Illuminae Files and I do enjoy there writing. I just wasn’t connecting with the story.

They are not the heroes we deserve. They are just the ones we could find.

Aurora Rising Follows the story of six legion cadets who make up the squad 312, they are chosen to work together during the draft,which Tyler missed. He was to busy saving a girl from a ship he found floating in the fold. He is one of the top students but he is landed with the misfits of the academy who make up his squad..

Tyler: The Alpha, Squad Leader,Scarlet’s brother and captain “hotness”. The amount of times his dimples or attractiveness was mentioned was absurd.

Aurora: An Asian human girl,who was Cryogenically frozen for the last 200 years and was supposed to wake up on Octavia III. She has some wicked powers but she also has no idea how to control them.

Scarlet: The Face, the diplomat and Tyler’s twin sister.She is described as having fiery red hair and is just as attractive as her brother.

Cat: The Ace, the pilot, has been friends with Tyler and Scarlet since kindergarten. She is a strong woman and takes shit from no one. She is covered in tattoos with a Mohawk and not so secretly in love with Tyler.

Kal: The Tank, Syldrathi, he has darker skin and silver braided hair. The Syldrathi are in the midst of a civil war and also have a war history with the Terran people. This boy is full of rage, but oh can he throw down. He was hands down my favourite character.

FinianThe Gearhead, Tech Division. He is Betraskan, his skin is white.He’s bisexual and has a disability for muscle weakness, nerve damage, impaired mobility. He has to wear a exoskeleton suit to help him with his movements. His character also made this book tolerable, he’s sassy and says inappropriate things at the worst times.

Zila: The Brains, Science Division. She is described as having dark brown skin with curly black hair. She loves to wear hoop earrings and can be a little trigger happy.

The six of us? Against the whole galaxy?

The book is divided up into three different parts, I really struggled with part 1 it was incredibly boring and slow moving.Part 2 took place on the world ship, where the squad was a part of a very drawn out heist. We got a little bit of backstory to some characters,but I still wasn’t vibing with the story. It wasn’t until part three where I found myself actually invested in the plot. It was short lived though because then the book needed, just when things were getting good.

I had a really hard time picking up the book to actually read it. The action scenes were well written but because I didn’t care about the characters I was invested in there well being. Well, I did like Kal and Fin, they were the only characters with some personality.

This book was a huge miss for me, I know there is a lot of high praise already. I know I’ll probably get some hate for this but no one is more disappointed with my feelings than I am. I think this book would have been hugely improved by not having seven different POV, if they stuck with just Tyler and Aurora I think it would have been less confusing. I struggled with remembering who was talking in each chapter.

I ended up giving Aurora Rising 2.5 Stars.

Buddy Read with Amy!


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A Girl Like Her by Tailia Hibbert

A Girl Like Her is the first book in the Ravenswood series, and the February pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club. I’ve read one other book by Tailia Hibbert and halfway through this one I added almost all of her other books to my TBR. I love her writing and her characters; this book was everything! I loved it so much, Tailia is a gem and everyone should be reading her books. This book was absolute perfection!

This book starts out with Evan, finishing off the day at his new job, the son of his boss whom he doesn’t like to much offers to drive him home. After trying to rebuff his offer he accepts the drive, while walking to the car a young woman runs straight into him, and from that moment he is intrigued by her. He soon discovers that she is his neighbor.

→ Ruth Kabbah: I loved that Ruth has autism and that this is #ownvoices. She is a web comic artist, which warms my nerdy little heart. She loves to wear pajamas with marvel heroes all over them and I was totally here for it. She is also fierce and 100% genuine. Ruth is also a curvy woman of color and has autism, but these traits do not define her, they are just a piece of who she is.

→ Evan Miller: He is an ex-soldier, who has just moved to Ravenswood, he is also Ruth’s new neighbor. He is a tall, muscled blacksmith with a heart of gold. He is a good cook, he prepares meals for his friend at work, he was raised to bring your neighbors a gift upon meeting them so he prepares a meal in anticipation of meeting his new neighbor. After realizing Ruth lives next door and cannot cook, he inserts himself into her life, preparing meals for her nightly.

This is a slow-burn romance, I absolutely loved their relationship. They’re so adorable. I loved that Evan was completely accepting of Ruth, right after meeting her. I simply adored “A Girl Like Her”, it was such a unique and fun story.


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January Wrap Up and Book Haul

Hello loves! I hope everyone is having a good day! Can you believe we’re already got one month own in the books for 2019. Reading -wise, I thought I’d been incredibly productive this month. I ended up reading 10 books ! Which for me is a lot.


Books Read

(You can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book.)

Slayer by Kiersten White – ★★★

I have been so excited for this book ever since it was first announced that there would be a YA series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer coming out. I found Slayer to be a quick and really fun story. I related to the characters and loved the relationships

The Wicker King – K. Ancrum★★★★

This was the first book for The Dragon and Tea book club created by Melanie and Amy. I have never heard of this book before and I’m so happy this was picked. I loved this book so much! The format of the book was really cool, uses art and colour to correspond with the tone of the book. The chapters were super short and I flew through them. I highly recommend!

Verity- Colleen Hoover★★★★★

This book was impossible to put it down until I  finished it! It is seriously creepy and disturbing.This storyline is very dark, but incredibly addicting. I went into this book knowing nothing about the plot, and I honestly think that is the best way to read this book.I haven’t read Hoovers latest book’s because I have read some really terrible reviews, this book though is nothing like anything I’ve ever read before. I love thrillers and horror, so its difficult for an author to fill me with such dread and anxiety, that this book has left me with

An Anonymous Girl – by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen★★★★

This was my first book by Hendricks & Pekkanen but it certainly won’t be my last. This is there sophomore novel and it follows a make up artist Jessica who is participating in a morals study. The character’s are amazing and I was really glad I picked this one up.

99 Percent Mine- Sally Thorne★★★

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne was one of my favorite reads last year. So, I was over the moon when I was approved to read 99 Percent Mine. This book is nothing like The Hating Game. I went in thinking that 99 Percent Mine would be one of my favorite romances of the year, but I was disappointed. I really love the friends to lovers/ brothers best friend trope, and there was a few really heartwarming moments but in the end the romance kinda fell flat for me.

The Wicked King- Holly Black★★★★★

First off this was an OUTSTANDING READ, and I loved every second of it! Holly Black has done it again. She is a literary genius, I have loved every book I’ve ever read by her.This book was perfect. I don’t think there’s any combination of words that could accurately convey just how good this book is. The political intrigue in this book, is so strong! There are so many twists and turns you won’t know what to believe. This book is 90% court intrigue, scheming, and angst, which is the recipe for an amazing story.

One of Us is Lying- Karen M McManus★★★1/2

I’ve been wanting to read One of Us is Lying for awhile now, and I really enjoyed the story. I felt the comparisons to the Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars was really spot on. This is a very quick read, I finished in in two days. I don’t want to say to much about the plot because it is a mystery. I will have a full review up very soon.

The Way I Used To Be – Amber Smith ★★★1/2

This was a brutally honest story about a 14 year old girl names Eden who was raped by her brother’s best friend in her own bed.It’s told in the span of her four years of high school and the lingering affects of trauma and how it changes you. I had a hard time rating this novel, I ended up giving it only three and a half stars, because I was hoping Eden story would have ended different.

DragonHearts- Nikita Gill, Amanda Lovelace and Trista Mateer ★★★★

When I saw that three of my all time favorite poets were coming out with a new collection I was over the moon. There three women write such beautiful and empowering prose. I love how there was no build up to the release, that we woke up one morning and surprise there’s this beautiful book! This is one of my favorite collaborations and I will definitely be reading it again.


Book Haul

Physical Books I bought :

The Wicked King- Holly Black

The Kiss Quotient- Helen Hoang

All the Feels- Danika Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – JK Rowling

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling

Ebooks I Bought

A Girl Like Her – Talia Hibbert

Netgalley / Edelweiss

Dark Shores – Danielle L Jensen

Serious Moonlight – Jenn Bennett

Never- Contented Things – Sarah Porter

The Bride Test – Helen Hoang


Let’s chat, How was your reading month? What was your favourite book you’ve read?


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Verity by Colleen Hoover

This book was impossible to put it down until I  finished it! It is seriously creepy and disturbing.This storyline is very dark, but incredibly addicting. I went into this book knowing nothing about the plot, and I honestly think that is the best way to read this book. I’m writing this review honestly minutes after finishing because I need to get my feelings out.

“My mother used to say that houses have a soul, and if that’s true, the soul of Verity Carwford’s house is as dark as they come.” 

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer with no family, a recent eviction from her apartment when all of a sudden her life is drastically changed. She is approached by the publishers and husband of the best selling author Verity Crawford. They offer her a deal to complete the last three books in the highly popular book series, due to injuries Verity is unable to complete the books. Lowen at first hesitates, but Jeremy Crawford assures her she has nothing to worry about.  In order to get everything in order to write the books, she moves into the Crawford house in order to go through Verity’s office.

Lowen finds an unfinished copy of an autobiography written by Verity.

“Some families are lucky enough to never experience a single tragedy. But then there are those families that seem to have tragedies waiting on the back burner. What can go wrong, goes wrong. And then gets worse.”

I haven’t read Hoovers latest book’s because I have read some really terrible reviews, this book though is nothing like anything I’ve ever read before. I love thrillers and horror, so its difficult for an author to fill me with such dread and anxiety, that this book has left me with.

Highly recommend!


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Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas *Spoilers*

“Once upon a time, in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a young princess who loved her kingdom…”

This book took me way to long to read, just a little over two months. I had to keep putting it down because I was having way to many emotions. I can 100% day this book had its issues but despite the problems , I love these characters with my whole heart.I am such trash for this series I can’t help but love it.

This is going to be filled with spoilers, so be warned. It’s also more of just my thoughts than an actual review.

Aelin!! My Queen! This woman has gone through so much suffering through this series and the torture scenes were so hard to read. It was very dark and graphic. My heart broke for her, but when she tried to break out of the iron coffin , my heart soared with pride. I keep forgetting how young she is because of how long we have to wait for each new book, but she’s only twenty years old !! It amazes me everything she has done. The scene with the river rising towards them was the most badass thing ever, she used the blast of power she’d been saving up for Maeve to stop the river. Gods I love her!!

“The endless wall of water surging for her… Aelin lifted her arms above her head. A pillar of fire shot up around her”

Dorian freaking Havilliard I adore him so much. The whole thing with Maeve in Morath was brilliant. I was so anxious for how that was all going to go down but Dorian is so smooth and it’s blew my mind. I have always loved Dorian right from the start. I do think his ability to shape shift was a little to convenient. He is to smart to have to rely on his magic so much. I really hope in the future SJM writes a spin off for him,he was the only one out of the original trio to not get a happy ending. It’s not like her to leave an open ended ending.

Fenrys I hate how much he suffered! When he broke the blood oath all on his own to Maeve I was so happy for him. His friendship with Aelin is so pure. I love it so much. I was shook that he was the one to land the killing blow to Maeve and it was everything I needed.

Aedione was such an ass for the majority of the book. He was bitter over the plan to have Lyssandra shift into Aelin when he could have just gotten on board with it, and avoided all the brooding. The science with Gavriel at the gate, is what redeemed him in my eyes. He felt so broken and it torn open my heart for him, to not get a chance to know his father.

Elide and Lorchan I absolutely loved there relationship. They are so sweet together. Haha Lord Lorcan Lochan! He turned into such a softie for Elide and bond his life to hers!! I will go down with this ship, I love them to pieces!! Elide stealing Farasha and going into a field of corpses while the dam is about 1 minute from breaking and killing her all to find Lorcan because she made a promise, she is such a badass!

Yeren is such a badass!! She defeated the biggest evil being of all time while pregnant, and she freaking saved everyone!! She is so kind and beautiful, she’s been through so much and she did it all without complaints.

Manon I really wasn’t a big fan of hers until this book. I am so proud of her for getting over all the hate her grandmother instilled in her mind. She rallied the witches together and became QUEEN!! The thirteen sacrifice broke my heart, I cried so much I had to put the book away. She is just so brave to go through everything and still coming out strong. I’m glad that the relationship with Dorian was left open, I do like them together. But all the couples getting happy endings isn’t realistic.

“What was stolen has been restored; what was lost has come home again. I hail thee, Manon Crochan, Queen of Witches. “

Rowan He isn’t my favourite character,honestly I find him a little dull. He lets Aelin make all the decisions, he needs a backbone. But his love for Aelin is everything!

Choal I sobbed when he was reunited with Dorian, it was such a precious moment. His father is just awful. I don’t have much to say about him he’s not one of my favorite characters.

Aelin looked at Chaol and Dorian and sobbed. Opened her arms to them, and wept as they held each other. “I love you both,” she whispered. “And no matter what may happen, no matter how far we may be, that will never change.”

Reading that last goodbye between Aelin, Dorian and Chaol where it sinks it that this is it. Their story has come to an end, they’ve come so far and it’s beautiful and it hurts.

The Rhysand cameo was everything I didn’t know I needed.I loved that whole scene. Aelin flying past worlds, being pulled back into her body.

The perfect ending to my favorite series! I am sad because I will never be able to read new Throne of Glass content for the first time ever again.

“And when Aelin lifted her head to survey the cheering crowd, when she smiled, Queen of Terrasen and the Faerie Queen of the West, she burned bright as a star.


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HOLIDAY 2018 PLANS!! 🎄

Hello Bookworms! I am so excited to announce that I will be doing Blogmas! Happy Day 1! 🎅🏼

I feel like I’m more excited for Christmas this year than ever before! Christmas Eve is Emmy’s first birthday and getting to see her experience the holidays is really exciting. Spending time with Noah watching all the holidays movies and decorating the tree while listening to Christmas music is my favorite!

I have a few holiday books picked out, that I’ve been looking forward to since the beginning of November and some since last year. Most of the books I have are audio books because my reading since going back to work has been rough.

December TBR

– Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

– Mr Dickens and his Carol by Samantha Silva

-Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber

– The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

-The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

As you can see, I have a decent amount of options here! I’m not sure if I can read all of them but I’m sure going to try.

Last year was when I REALLY got sucked into Hallmark movies, I was 9 months pregnant so I really enjoyed relaxing and watching movies. This year, I’m completely in love with all the cheesy Christmas movies. I’m one of the few people who didn’t watch A CHRISTMAS PRINCE last year but I watched it at the end of November, and I absolutely loved it. I might even watch it again in December.

I always watch ELF, and NATIONAL LAMPOON. They’re my top favorite Christmas movies. I’m working on a holiday movie guide going up on December 4 so keep an eye out for that 🙂

I’m also really excited to take Emmy to get her picture taken with Santa 🎅🏼 The thing I am most excited for is Emmy’s smash cake photo shoot! Also planning on going to the Christmas party at my work.

What are some of your holiday plans and traditions?


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